TAG: Greivis Vasquez

Smack / Mar 2, 2013 / 3:33 am

Ty Lawson Wins A Huge West Battle; Memphis Almost Proves Miami Is Mortal

Ty Lawson

The top eight seeds in the Eastern Conference appear set and ready for the playoffs. And among them we aren’t expecting much suspense until the Eastern Conference Finals. The Western Conference is a different story, and if you needed some confirmation you can look at the 6 games separating the sixth- through 10th-best teams or just Friday’s Nuggets-Thunder classic in the Mile High. Read More »

Smack / Feb 9, 2013 / 5:59 am

LeBron James Dazzles Against The Clippers; Rudy Gay Is Mr. Clutch In Indiana

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

The Heat-Clippers showdown got undermined in the last three weeks by Chris Paul‘s hurt kneecap and a flu strain that made most Miami players sick before the game. Still, even with the whole Clippers roster (Jamal Crawford had 13 points, Paul had 3 and Blake Griffin had 13 in their respective returns) mostly healthy, shorthanded Miami bludgeoned its way to a rout made almost unwatchable it was so lopsided if it weren’t for LeBron James’ hypnotizing skills. Read More »

NBA / Jan 25, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Greivis Vasquez Is Pushing New Orleans Into A New Era

Greivis Vasquez

It’s not easy balancing humility and confidence. But New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez is doing it. The former Maryland standout is having a breakout season in his third year in the NBA, averaging 14.3 points, 9.2 assists (third in the NBA) and 4.6 rebounds, and racking up more 20/10/5 games (points/assists/rebounds) than anyone outside of LeBron James. Read More »

Smack / Jan 24, 2013 / 1:12 am

LeBron Unleashes the Beast on the Raptors; The Lakers Lose Dwight Howard

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

You know you have a good team when you can withstand five three-pointers from Jose Calderon, 36 combined points off the bench from a journeyman (Alan Anderson) and a rookie (Terrence Ross), and a turnover and missed shot from LeBron in the final minute. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 21, 2013 / 4:41 pm

Al-Farouq Aminu’s Alley-Oop Dunk

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Smack / Jan 17, 2013 / 1:05 am

LeBron James Becomes Youngest Ever To 20,000 Points; Kyrie Irving Explodes In Crunch Time

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. David Alvarez)

Two things were clear in Oakland last night. Clearly, Golden State has a ceiling, and the Heat don’t. And clearly, LeBron James is really freakin’ good, like “the youngest player to ever score 20,000 points” good. In Miami’s 17-point win, James passed the 20,000-point mark near the end of the first half on a double-pump runner, and it was just one great highlight on a night of Miami highlights that also included James recording his 5,000 career assist, and enough Wade/’Bron big plays to last a week. Read More »

Smack / Jan 12, 2013 / 3:00 am

Kevin Durant And OKC Spare No Mercy On Los Angeles; Damian Lillard Puts Up For His City

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Nike)

Before Ric Bucher left ESPN this fall, he tweeted one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets to take into consideration whenever Oklahoma City and the Lakers play. Bucher said that underneath the “We’re all friends!” vibe Team USA put out in winning gold in London last summer, Kobe Bryant was trying to create a wedge between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant by telling Russ he deserved to be the team’s alpha male. The young OKC stars were wise to the Mamba’s plot then and apparently want to destroy L.A. each time they play the Lakers now because of what Kobe tried to do. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Jan 11, 2013 / 11:30 am

NBA Fantasy Risers & Fallers: 1.11

Josh Smith

Josh Smith (photo. adidas)

As the first leg of the NBA season has closed, player values have fallen in place. Of course there are some exceptions, like if some of these players just happened to start off ice cold or riding a hot streak. However, by this time statistics have evened out. The early hot streaks dissolve, and the underachievers slowly work their way back into the fantasy hierarchy. Read More »

Smack / Jan 10, 2013 / 1:18 am

The Lakers Nearly Pull Off A Crazy Comeback; Brandon Jennings Lights It Up

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Everyone claims they have the answers for the Lakers problems this year. But there’s one that’s stumped Hollywood for over a decade: what to do with Tony Parker. In San Antonio’s wild three-point win over the Lakers, Parker looked like he was running his own pick-n-roll drill, and barely broke a sweat on his way to 24 points and six dimes. The Spurs needed all of that, as they nearly let a 17-point lead slip away before Manu Ginobili (19 points, eight rebounds) hit the biggest shot of the night: a wing triple in the final minute. Read More »

NBA / Jan 8, 2013 / 5:00 pm

Something Special Is Brewing In New Orleans

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon (photo. Jeff Forney)

The New Orleans Hornets (they’re not the Pelicans just yet) are a team in flux. They started the year with the specious ROY, Anthony Davis, and his inexorable brow grabbing most of the headlines. But it didn’t last. Davis went down with an ankle injury. Plus, after matching Phoenix’s offer sheet for the off guard they got in the Chris Paul trade, Eric Gordon, they waited for him to recover from a patella tendon disorder and bone bruise in his right knee. Read More »